Ryan Stugis

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PGA of BC Professional Spotlight -- Aug. 25. 2021

Why did you become a PGA of Canada Professional? 
I've coached every sport I've been involved in, sharing the information I've gathered through my own passions has always been a lot of fun for me.

What is the most rewarding part about being a member of the PGA of BC? 
I've always loved helping players improve, being a full time coach gives me a great ability to do that. I am very happy being a golf coach, it is wicked having players telling you about their successes and working the puzzle of what went wrong on the tough days together.

At which golf facility did you first begin working within the industry, and who was the PGA Professional? 
I first started working at Sandpiper Golf Course for Ted Swaine.

Who has influenced your career the most, and how? 
Easily my team at GOLFTEC Kelowna. A lot of challenge to not only think about coaching differently, but my game differently. It has made me better in golf working with them in every facet.

What career path led you to where you are today? 
Wanting to play my best and understand the golf swing the best I could to help myself has brought me to helping others. It has always been something I've naturally fell into through chasing more information to help myself. I love that I can go down roads to learn more, work towards applying it, then share it as I go.

Which significant accomplishments are you most proud of? 
Helping players break personal bests is always a ton of fun, love hearing the passion from others. Also have loved as I have learn more, I keep finding how much room to grow in both my coaching and own game there is.

If you had to share one piece of advice with a new member of our Association, what would it be? 
Don't be afraid to take a job or position because it is out of your comfort zone. Try it out, work hard at it, then make your choices from there. Worst case you've gained experience and know you would like to be somewhere else. You never know who you'll meet and what opportunities come along the way. No matter how happy you are, always take that meeting to potentially explore a new opportunity.

What is your most cherished golf memory? 
Any and all golf trips with friends.

What is your favourite golf course in British Columbia, and why? 
Sandpiper or Seymour. Growing up playing Sandpiper got me hitting a lot of different shots and having the last few holes exposed in the wind helped me a lot. Any time I got to go out to Seymour, the course is always in such amazing shape that it was always such a treat.

What is a common misconception that golfers make about what your job entails? 
That I'm going to teach them a specific way to swing the club. We will work together on how to get that player to hit their best shots, how we get there will not always be the same as another.

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